Windows 3.x

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Windows 3.x
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
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Windows 3.1
Developer
Microsoft
Releases
Initial release1989 as Windows 3.00.55 (Beta of Windows 3.0x) [info]
Stable releaseWindows CE 3.00 (June 15, 2000)[source?]
Source modelClosed source
LicenseMicrosoft EULA
Kernel typeOther
Support status
Supported until 2001.

Windows 3.x was a family of Microsoft Windows operating systems made in 1988 and released from 1989 to 1996 and 2000. Notable operating systems in this family include Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1. This Windows could run in either Standard or 386 Enhanced memory modes. Both of the modes used a Graphical User Interface (or picture-based), and supported a mouse, but 386 Enhanced Mode was faster and was better at multitasking (or doing many things at once). Windows NT 3.x (Windows NT 3.xx) is released in 1993 to 1996. Windows 3.0 (released in 1990-1992) and Windows 3.1 (released in 1992-1994).

Windows 3.xx also had many features from versions of Windows before it. These included a calculator, a notepad, and more. It also brought in many new features, like the Program Manager (which is still in Windows XP today - Start>Run>progman.exe), and the icons and programs looked better.

Windows 3.xx was made better in 1992, with Windows for Workgroups Version 3 (Windows for Workgroups 3.1x) (1992 to 1994), that added networking support.


Preceded by
Windows 2.x
Windows Versions
1988-2000
Succeeded by
Windows NT